The latest twist in the long, tumultuous and ongoing legal battles between the world’s two leading tech manufacturers has seen Apple ordered to pay damages to Samsung for infringing 3G patents.
Targeting tech used with Apple’s market dominating iPhone and iPad devices, Dutch patent courts have ordered Apple to pay damages of an undisclosed fee for its unlicensed use of Samsung’s technologies. The final compensation figure will be calculated on the number of relevant iDevices Apple sold in Holland.
Whilst Samsung had taken Apple to court in the Netherlands over four 3G and connectivity based patents, the Dutch court ruled that the iPod and iTunes maker had infringed on only one of these with the verdict the latest in a longstanding legal back-and-forth between the two companies.
"Samsung welcomes the court's ruling, which reaffirmed Apple's free-riding of our technological innovation," an official Samsung spokesperson said in the wake of the verdict. "In accordance with the ruling, we will seek adequate compensation for the damages Apple and its products have caused."
Earlier this year Apple was fined $2.3 (£1.5) by Australian courts for misleading the country’s consumers over the connectivity options and speeds that could be expected from the recently launched 4G capable new Apple iPad 3.
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